Teaching in Africa
You can impact the lives of numerous children and adults by volunteering to teach in Africa. You don’t have to be a teacher to volunteer abroad on our teaching projects. There is no need to have a TEFL or TESOL qualification to gain international teaching experience. You don’t even need to speak the local language where you are volunteering. The teaching programme is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university or wanting a career break.
You will find a warm welcome awaits you from our students in Africa. Whether you are interested in teaching English, teaching French, or basic computer skills as a volunteer IT instructor, a variety of opportunities are available in urban, semi-rural and rural settings within Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with students spanning a wide range of ages and education levels, and often work alongside local teachers as collaborative counterparts.
Teaching in Africa – What is it Like?
Schools in Africa are often understaffed and poorly resourced, but you can help to improve this situation by volunteering your time in the classroom.
Often you will find that the only tools you have are a blackboard and a piece of chalk. This can be both challenging and exciting, as you have the freedom to use your creativity and think outside the box. You may find that the greatest tool and bridge for effective learning is yourself. The students will want to find out about you and the country you come from. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach them.
The amount of timetabled English lessons per week that you will teach varies depending on the country and even the individual schools. In some countries you will be expected to be at school during the entire working day, but you may just teach two or three classes, in other cases you may just teach in the morning for example. You will also need to take time to prepare your lessons and you may often be asked to mark students' work. Many volunteers choose to help out in other areas too, taking students for sports, drama or music lessons for example.